The 1-Hour van Gogh Book - How to look at Van Goghs by Liesbeth Heenk
(Secrets of Van Gogh)

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A brief and fascinating Introduction to Van Gogh's Life and Work
The mythical Vincent van Gogh is a frequent source of inspiration in popular culture, popping up in films, television series, comic strips, games, apps, and books. Van Gogh's life and work has turned dealers and private collectors into millionaires overnight, and has created a livelihood for scholars, restorers, and museum staff all over the world. But most importantly, he left behind an oeuvre that will stand the test of time. Never before has a single artist touched so many people’s lives in one way or another.

The Van Gogh letters have made an important contribution to his fame. These documents contain his reflections on human behaviour, religious and ethical questions and, most importantly, thoughts on his own art and that of others. Through them, we become familiar with Theo van Gogh, Vincent’s brother, confidante, companion-in-arms and benefactor, who sometimes needed to be subtly manipulated to bend to Vincent’s will.

Everyone is familiar with paintings such as The Sunflowers and Starry Night. The intense vibrant colours and wavy brushworks will almost tell you immediately that the work is by the master. But what do you actually know about his life filled with hardships and sorrow?

This book is a smooth introduction to the life and work of Van Gogh, written by an expert who draws from a vast number of letters written by the artist himself to his brother Theo, family and friends, to illustrate how he bravely faced life, art and mental illness.

If you want to gain a greater appreciation for one of the most fascinating artists of all time, this book is highly recommended. By spending one hour of your time you will gain a whole new perspective on Van Gogh's life and work.

By reading this book you will:

• Learn the basics about Van Gogh's life and work
• Read about his illness and how this may have affected the way he painted
• Be able to fully maximize your viewing experience
• Feel confident when you see Van Goghs because you understand them.

It is the author’s firm conviction that museum visitors should devote their time by looking at art rather than spending their time reading the wall texts and labels. If you read The 1-Hour Van Gogh Book beforehand you maximize your viewing potential.

"We thoroughly enjoyed reading The 1-Hour Van Gogh Book. It is a well written and accessible book, brief and to the point. We truly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Vincent's life, his work and legacy." - Josien and Jantine van Gogh, Theo van Gogh's great-grandchildren.

This publication is the first part of the series Secrets of Van Gogh (

# 2. Van Gogh's Inner Struggle: Life, Work and Mental Illness concentrates on the artist's life, approach to work and his mental illness.

# 3. Van Gogh Today - Short Stories contains eight short stories of lives that were touched in some way or another by the artist. They are a reflection of the power of his story, and why Van Gogh remains a timeless inspiration to us all. The book is not about Van Gogh's paintings, but tells us about the relevance of Van Gogh's life story for eight seemingly ordinary people.

# 4. Van Gogh and Love tells the story of the artist’s longing for love and a family, exploring the lesser-known area of the artist’s romantic life. As can perhaps be expected from an artist like Vincent van Gogh, his choice of women was unconventional. He favored more mature companions, and pursued relationships with women that were considered unsuitable.

# 5. Van Gogh and Money – The Myth of the Poor Artist. This publication focuses on Vincent’s financial situation, a subject never explored before. Known as the ultimate embodiment of the notion of the “poor artist”, Vincent van Gogh was largely unable to sell his work. His letters tell of an eternal lack of money, and the difficulties this created. But how poor was he

About Liesbeth Heenk

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Published December 8, 2012 by Amsterdam Publishers. 58 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel.

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